STORRS , Conn.– A prominent Connecticut family has
made two gifts totaling $1.75 million to the University of Connecticut’s
School of Law and the UConn Health Center. Both gifts are eligible to be
submitted to the state matching endowment gift program, which could ultimately
bring the total to more than $2 million.
The gifts were made by the Chase family, which has a long history of supporting
the University, including a gift that established the Chase Family Chair in Juvenile
Diabetes at the Health Center.
“These two very generous gifts represent a substantial new investment in the
University. We are deeply grateful for th e family’s significant
commitment to our institution,” University President Philip E. Austin said. “We
are indeed fortunate to count the Chase family among our friends. I am thankful,
too, for their recognition that private philanthropy is perhaps the differentiating
factor between a very good public university and a great one, and that their gifts
for research, teaching and public service at UConn will ultimately benefit countless
individuals whose lives the University touches.”
dollars of the family’s gift will provide endowment support for the Health
Center’s “signature” program in musculoskeletal medicine, led
by Dr. Lawrence G. Raisz. The
naming of the Chase Family Skeletal Biology Research Laboratories and the Chase
Family Research Floor, subject to approval by the University’s Board of Trustees,
will recognize the family’s continued generosity. The laboratories will be
housed on the fourth floor of the Health Center’s new $24 million Medical
Arts and Research Building.
The state-of-the-art Chase Research Laboratories will advance new cures, techniques
and treatments of bone and joint diseases, bringing together researchers, surgeons
and experts in related fields. David T. Chase, the founder of Chase Enterprises
in Hartford, says the impetus for their gift, through the Rhoda and David Chase
Family Foundation, Inc., was deeply felt by himself and his wife, Rhoda.
to make this gift in recognition of the Health Center’s tremendous value as
a resource for high quality care to the Connecticut community and our family, and
for the importance of UConn’s groundbreaking research in this area of medicine.”
gift of $750,000 to the law school establishes the Cheryl A. Chase Endowment, which
will provide programmatic support to the school. The law school's administration
building will be named Cheryl A. Chase Hall, subject to Board of Trustees approval,
in recognition of the gift. Chase Hall houses high-tech classrooms in addition
to the dean's office and other major administrative offices.
Cheryl Chase, who earned her J.D. at the UConn School of Law in 1978,
is executive vice president and general counsel of Chase Enterprises. She says she
was inspired to make the gift for several reasons.
“My family and I believe strongly in the power of education and service to our
community. I am grateful for the excellent legal education I received as a law
student and am delighted to play an important role in shaping the future of this
The Chase family’s
foundations, including The Rhoda and David Chase Family Foundation, the Cheryl Chase
and Stuart Bear Family Foundation, Inc., and The Sandy and Arnold Chase Family Foundation,
have long supported the University.